Construction Projects Suspended in Cambridge MA Until Further Notice

On March 18, 2020, the City of Cambridge announced a Temporary Emergency Construction Moratorium “Moratorium”) “on all construction activity on both public and private property until further notice”  The City explained that it was done to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the health of the construction workers and members of the public.

All construction activities are prohibited after Saturday March 21, 2020.  By March 26, 2020, all make-safe measures must be in place and sites must be safe and secure.

“Essential Construction Work” may continue as determined exclusively by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services or the Commissioner of Public Works.  Exceptions will be granted only if they are essential for public safety and comply with the following guidelines on a case-by-case basis:


There is a carve-out to permit the public authorities to deem certain work as essential even if not listed above.  In addition, construction of 1-3 family residential structures already permitted by March 18, 2020 are exempt from the Moratorium.

A copy of the full Moratorium can be viewed on the City’s website HERE.  This announcement follows the City of Boston’s announcement earlier this week. See prior blog post.